George And Flora's Secret Garden In this story Mum and Dad announce that there is a new baby on the way. George and Flora are thrilled but it seems like ages to wait! Grandpa hits on the brilliant idea of them making a secret veggie garden to grow food for the baby welcoming party.
by Jo Elworthy and Ley Honor Roberts
published by The Eden Project
This is a really charming book which I came across completely by accident but I am delighted I did. It is one of a series of three books. George and Flora are a brother and sister who spend a lot of time with their fab green-fingered Grandpa.
Each month you see them beavering away growing their plants and making a den. The book shows you the main tasks they undertake to grow the veg and a sweet little box at the bottom shows you how the baby is progressing inside Mum's tum.
In this story Mum and Dad announce that there is a new baby on the way. George and Flora are thrilled but it seems like ages to wait! Grandpa hits on the brilliant idea of them making a secret veggie garden to grow food for the baby welcoming party.
I liked so many things about George and Flora - the illustrations are gorgeous, the family are normal but nice, and the whole thing manages to balance being educational with being engaging. My kids, who have grown some of the plants already, were still interested and wanted to know what they were doing next. They were really interested in the baby and how big it was.
I have now given this as a gift for a child who has a sibling on the way because I think it is a lovely way of getting across the patience needed for both growing plants and growing babies, without being really worthy. It would also be a great book for children who are interested in food or growing.
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